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If you believe you can draw really well, be it comic strips or illustrations, this competition is for you. The theme will be given on the spot. Use pencil as your magic wand and your super power of imagination to bring out your visual depiction of the given theme on paper.
You will be judged on your skills of drawing and visual narration.
Basic supplies will be provided.

All participants will assemble together on the given day and compete, to create a spellbinding storyboard. The theme will be revealed prior to the start of the challenge.

Students Only

Competition Duration
22nd June 8 am - 23rd June 8 am

Please check the Competition Overview for General Guidelines.


There will be separate categories for Students and Professionals. This is a team based competition comprising of up to 3 people in a team.


The theme will be revealed prior to the start of the competition.


Organizers will provide A4 papers, storyboard panels, pen/pencil and other necessary materials.

Judging Criteria

  1. A panel of experts from the Animation Industry in India will judge the competition.
  2. Most important criteria for judging will be the originality, visual narration and structure of the story.
  3. The decision of the judges is final, based on the criteria set out in the competition, and no negotiation will be entertained over this decision.
  4. You will be purely judged based on your visual narration and imagination and the scope for the story to be adapted as an animated short. Remember, you are not writing for the story to be printed and read by a reader.
  5. You can team up with a friend who can scribble some storyboard panels for you if it helps you to tell the story better. Better, if you yourself scribble your storyboards. No marks for drawing skills, but the visual representation will be judged.

Short Story Writing for Animation FAQ’s

  • I have a question, where can I ask?

Please Click here to send us a message for any query related to Competitions. Kindly allow us a day’s time to get back with an answer to your query. Also, be sure to go through the FAQ thoroughly. Your question might already have been answered.

  • How do I participate?

You need to Register here for the competition and follow all the relevant guidelines.

  • Is this competition open for Students / Professionals? What if I am part-time studying and part-time working?

The competition has two separate categories – Students and Professionals. Be sure to select the appropriate category while filling the Registration Form. If you are a part-time student and part-time working professional, you will qualify under the Student Category.

Participants must share a link to their work in the Registration Form to be selected for the competition. Only the best of the best will be selected for the competition.

  • What software and or hardware will I need to use?

Good old notepad and a pen should be enough. Some blank sheets & pencil in case you are supporting your story with some drawings.

  • When will the theme of the competition be announced? Will I be intimated by email about the same?

There is no theme as such for this competition.

  • What are the timings of the Competition?

Story Writing Competition competition will be begin on Saturday, May 19 Saturday at 8:00 AM. Check in will start at 7:00 AM and close at 7:45 AM.

  • I submitted my Registration before the deadline. Can I re-submit if I want to?

Yes, you can but avoid duplication of similar entries. Finalists will be shortlisted post the registration deadline on May 10, 2018..

  • Will food, arrangements to rest and other material be provided for the competition?

Yes, we would provide food, arrangements to relax/rest and other material required for the competition.

  • Is it an individual or a team event?

It is a team competition and you can tag along your partner who can complement your skills.

  • What could be the size of the team?

A maximum of 3 individuals can form 1 team. Super-humans who can handle the writing and drawing both can participate alone as well.

  • What is expected from the teams?

The teams are expected to conceive a short story specifically written for an animation short within the given set of rules and parameters. It will be a 24-hour competition. Within the 24 hours, the teams are expected to write the story and draw storyboard panels. The story and the drawings must be submitted before the cut-off time. After which, each team will get a chance to pin their storyboards on a given wall and every team will get 4 minutes to pitch their story to the jury members.

  • What if the story is great but the drawings aren’t?

Don’t worry. Both will be seen separately and will not obstruct each other.

  • What is the benchmark for storyboard drawings?

As long as they are helping in pitching the story to the jury members, we are ok even with scribbles drawings and this will not affect the merit of the idea.

  • What are the prizes?

You can check the prize list here.

  • What is this Competition NOT?

It is not a test of creative-writing skills like it is typically seen. As long as you can conceive a wonderful story that can be adapted for an animated short film and are able to pitch it with the help of storyboards, you are good.